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State OKs Wishbone Hill Coal Permits

The federal Office of Surface Mining has contacted the state regarding the status of coal mining permits for the Wishbone Hill site near Palmer. Last month, the state gave Usibelli Coal the go-ahead to begin mining, after years of delays and legal hurdles. But OSM has criticized the state Department of Natural Resources for it’s handling of the many extensions and renewals of the permit since 1991.

November 17, 2014
East Anchorage Drug Bust Part of State-Wide Rise in Heroin, Cocaine, Meth

East Anchorage Drug Bust Part of State-Wide Rise in Heroin, Cocaine, Meth

Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said a tip allowed officers to obtain search warrants, which led them the cache of drugs–estimated to be worth $111,000 at the street level.

November 17, 2014
Students call for action, public comment on U-Med Access Road

Students call for action, public comment on U-Med Access Road

Students at the University of Alaska – Anchorage are trying to motivate their classmates and the community to get informed about a controversial proposed infrastructure project — the U-Med District Northern Access Road. They say the public still has a chance to shape the project’s future because it’s not a done deal.

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November 14, 2014

Girdwood Animal Cruelty Investigation

Animal control officers have seized 12 emaciated husky dogs from a home in Girdwood.

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November 13, 2014

ENSTAR rates to hold nearly steady for 7 months, prices similar to last winter

Enstar gas prices won’t change much for the next 7 months. Rates will hold steady at just under 78 cents per hundred cubic feet starting in January. That’s 5 and half cents over current rates and about the same as last winter. For an average household on an average month, that’s a $6.70 increase.

November 13, 2014
Job Fair Highlights Challenges to Veteran Unemployment in Alaska

Job Fair Highlights Challenges to Veteran Unemployment in Alaska

As military forces continue drawing down from deployments abroad, more service members are transitioning back into the civilian workforce. The state is spending resources to match vets with employers in the public and private sectors to combat the nation-wide problem of veteran unemployment.

November 11, 2014
Workers at the Division of Elections scan early, question, and absentee ballots. Hillman/KSKA

Claman increases lead in House District 21 race

Democrat Matt Claman has pulled further ahead of his opponent, Republican Anand Dubey, in the House District 21 race. The Division of Elections started counting absentee and question ballots Tuesday afternoon. Claman is now ahead by 86 votes.

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November 11, 2014

Entertainment Center Slated for Wasilla

A new family entertainment center planned for Wasilla will be built with financing from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. It’ll have racing carts, video games and even sky boxes.

November 11, 2014

ASD asks state legislators for new education funding formula

The Anchorage School District made their case for increasing state education funding to legislators during a luncheon Thursday. With the current funding formula, the district projects they will cut 720 jobs over the next three years. Class sizes will increase to about 10 more students per class than evidence-based research recommends.

November 6, 2014
A teacher picture of suspect David Schwantes from the 1990s.  (Photo via APD)

Former ASD Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

Former Anchorage School District teacher David Schwantes was arraigned Thursday afternoon in an Anchorage court. Schwantes, 73, is charged with seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

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November 6, 2014

Election signs find new homes under flooring, in chicken coops

Election day is over and political signs are disappearing from yards and intersections. But where do they go? To be reused or recycled.

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November 6, 2014
‘All Alaska Juried Exhibition’ Showcases New, Evolving Art

‘All Alaska Juried Exhibition’ Showcases New, Evolving Art

The Anchorage Museum is set to open the All Alaska Juried Exhibition tomorrow–a show bringing together works of contemporary art from across the state. In its 48 years the semi-annual exhibition has served as a showcase for new and evolving art in a state with a rich creative tradition.

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November 6, 2014

Assembly Approves $750,000 for Another SAP Audit

Assembly members say too much money has already been spent on implementing the new automation software to skimp on what are, hopefully, some of the last steps in the process.

November 6, 2014
Anchorage Voters Repeal AO-37, Return Many Incumbents

Anchorage Voters Repeal AO-37, Return Many Incumbents

Anchorage voters repealed AO-37, the controversial labor law, during Tuesday’s election. They returned many incumbents and also sent some new Republicans to the state legislature as well.

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November 5, 2014

ASD Begins Approving Recruiters To Schedule School Orientations

The first group of military recruiters has been approved by the Anchorage School District superintendent’s office to work with school principals to schedule school orientations. This puts recruiters one step closer to being allowed back in area schools after the district banned them from campuses following allegations of misconduct by Alaska National Guard recruiters involving students.

November 5, 2014

Unofficial Election Returns Point to Marijuana Legalization

Although absentee and questioned ballots yet to be counted could change the outcome, it is likely that Proposition 2, which legalizes recreational marijuana use in Alaska, has gained voter approval.

November 5, 2014

Valley Republicans Going Back to Juneau

There were no surprises in the returns of the Mat Su races after Tuesday’s vote count was tallied.

November 5, 2014

Parnell, Walker Race Hangs By A Hair

Alaska’s governor’s race is too close to call at this hour.

November 5, 2014
Vote No on 1 supporters

Anchorage voters overturn AO-37, support most incumbents

Anchorage voters repealed AO-37, the controversial labor law, during Tuesday’s election. They returned many incumbents and also sent some new Republicans to the state legislature as well.

November 5, 2014
Anchorage Voters Motivated by Different Causes

Anchorage Voters Motivated by Different Causes

A steady stream of voters filed into Airport Heights Elementary in Anchorage this morning to cast their ballots. From life-long voters to first-timers, they had different reasons.

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November 4, 2014